R.J. Kelley

Natural Horn

One of North America’s premiere natural horn specialists, R.J. Kelley was recently hailed in the Horn Call of the International Horn Society as performing “with virtuosity, precision, and a stylistic mastery that could be matched by few, surpassed by none”.  A member of Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra since 1982,  R.J. is a horn player of unusually broad musical scope, equally at home as soloist (Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, American Classical Orchestra, Santa Fe Pro Musica), chamber musician (Manhattan Brass, Smithsonian Chamber Players, Aspen Wind Quintet, Universal Piston), orchestral performer (New York Philharmonic, Orpheus, American Ballet Theater, Gotham Opera, Mostly Mozart), recording artist (Mozart Concerti on natural horn, Grammy-nominated Das Lied von der Erde – Mahler/Schoenberg reduction), and educator (artist faculty, Julliard School of Music; guest teacher/lecturer: Yale University; Hartt School of Music; SUNY Stony Brook; Washington University; San Jose State University). He is a participant in music festivals worldwide (Edinburgh, Berkeley, Boston, and Bloomington Early Music festivals; Montreux-Detroit, Sacramento, and Mammoth Lake Jazz festivals; Mostly Mozart, Lincoln Center, Washington Square Park). With appearances on “Saturday Night Live”, the “Today Show”, “Late Night with David Letterman”, and over 70 CDs (Philharmonia Baroque, New York Philharmonic, Manhattan Brass) and films (Casanova, Snake Eyes) to his credit , R.J. has worked with commercial artists ranging from Jimmy Page and Puff Daddy, to Johnny Mathis, Little Anthony and the Imperials, the Killers, Chuck Mangione, and CeeLo Green. A Detroit native and founding member/past president of the Detroit Waldhorn Society, he has resided in the New York City area since 1989.